Saturday March 2 2019
Gattuso: 'Step backwards for Milan'

Gennaro Gattuso doesn’t feel like celebrating Milan’s climb to third place, as the win over 10-man Sassuolo was “a step back in terms of performance.”

Pol Lirola got the final touch for an own goal at San Siro, with Gianluigi Donnarumma making some decisive saves.

“I take the positive results against Empoli, Lazio and Sassuolo, but we have got to do better,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.

“I don’t want to talk about fatigue, I want to understand why we aren’t sharp enough lately. We struggled against a well-organised opponent, did well in defence, but can do far better when we’re on the ball.”

Nonetheless, the Rossoneri leapfrogged rivals Inter to climb into third place, consolidating their Champions League ambitions.

“We are not going through a positive period of form for the last two weeks, but we are still in a strong position. It’s essential now that players, fans and media don’t get ahead of themselves, because these performances are not good enough.

“We’re just doing well defensively, but that’s it and we seem a bit chaotic in possession. Sassuolo deserve credit for the way they pass the ball and force us to miss tackles.

“Having said that, apart from Jeremie Boga’s attempt that hit the post, we didn’t suffer that much. It’s still a step back in terms of performance, though.”

Max Allegri cancelled his social media accounts this week, so Gattuso was asked if he’d activate his own if Milan qualified for the Champions League?

“I really doubt that! I already get insulted even without social media. As far as I am concerned, the only buttons on the phone are green to answer and red to hang up.”

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